Updated August 28, 2019 by Gabrielle Taylor

The 10 Best Small Dry Boxes

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This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in October of 2016. Perfect for holding your cash, credit cards, keys, and electronic devices when fishing, camping, boating, or swimming, one of these dry boxes will be a useful addition to your next outdoor adventure. They're great for protecting delicate items from the elements and make handy storage cases for first aid kits and ammunition. Some also have built-in locks to keep valuables safe. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best small dry box on Amazon.

10. Plano Shallow

9. S3 Universal

8. Wise Outdoors Utility

7. MTM Survivor

6. Spy Tec M2 Weatherproof

5. Storm Accessories Typhoon

4. Koala Lifestyle Witz

3. Yeti Sidekick

2. Pelican 1060 Case

1. Seahorse 56 Micro

Editor's Notes

August 24, 2019:

While all of these boxes are designed to keep their contents dry, they offer different levels of protection. If you want something that can withstand being submerged, you'll need a box that's fully waterproof. The Seahorse 56 Micro has a tough outer shell with a padded liner tray and a rubber mesh web on the inside of the lid to protect smartphones, cameras, and other delicate items. It's also lockable, so you won't have to worry about valuables being stolen. The S3 Universal measures just 4-1/2 by 3 inches, so it's small enough to carry in your pocket. It's a good size for keys and small wallets, but it's not quite big enough for most phones. Designed for sports, the Koala Lifestyle Witz comes with a lanyard and a carabiner, so you can wear it around your neck or clip it onto your bag or belt. The smaller size is only 3/4 of an inch thick, making it good for cash, cards, and keys, while the larger one is 1.3 inches thick, so it can accommodate lip balm, pocket knives, ear buds, and USB drives.

If you just need something to protect against rain and splashes, the Pelican 1060 Case is a durable option that's great for fishing and kayaking. The MTM Survivor is perfect for camping, as it has slots you can use to attach a lanyard or shoulder strap, plus a built-in compass and a signaling mirror in case you get lost. Both the Wise Outdoors Utility and Plano Shallow are a good size for hunting ammunition or for storing a few essential tools on a boat or in your car or truck, and their carrying handles make them easy to take with you on the go. The Plano Shallow also has a small storage area built into the lid, but note that this compartment is not watertight.


Gabrielle Taylor
Last updated on August 28, 2019 by Gabrielle Taylor

Originally from a tiny town in Virginia, Gabrielle moved to Los Angeles for a marketing internship at a well-known Hollywood public relations firm and was shocked to find that she loves the West Coast. She spent two years as a writer and editor for a large DIY/tutorial startup, where she wrote extensively about technology, security, lifestyle, and home improvement. A self-professed skincare nerd, she’s well-versed in numerous ingredients and methods, including both Western and Asian products. She is an avid home cook who has whiled away thousands of hours cooking and obsessively researching all things related to food and food science. Her time in the kitchen has also had the curious side effect of making her an expert at fending off attempted food thievery by her lazy boxer dog.


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